January 30, 2016 4:33 p.m.
SAN RAMON, CA – Off-duty San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District personnel were at 24 Hour Fitness at the right time when a fellow gym member went into cardiac arrest. Staff from 24 Hour Fitness called 9-1-1 and made an announcement requesting any emergency personnel in the gym to go to the treadmill area. Firefighter Paramedic Casey Rivers and Deputy Chief Lon Phares responded to the announcement and took immediate action. The male victim did not have a pulse and was not breathing. While the firefighters initiated Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), staff secured the gym’s Automated External Defibrillator (AED). The AED was immediately activated and the patient was resuscitated. Within three minutes, crews from Fire Station 34 arrived, took over patient care and transported him to the San Ramon Regional Medical Center, for further examination.
The San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District (SRVFPD) would like to thank 24 Hour Fitness staff members Nicole Turman, Christie Vinson, Adam Plummer, Amber Atencio and Brandon Tontz for their immediate response and life-saving assistance. The SRVFPD commends 24 Hour Fitness for having trained staff to respond in an emergency and having an AED readily available. The SRVFPD strongly supports the placement of AED’s in targeted public areas, such as local health clubs and encourages all residents to learn CPR and the use of an AED.
The San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District is an internationally-accredited special district that provides all-risk fire, rescue and emergency medical services to the communities of Alamo, Blackhawk, the Town of Danville, Diablo, the City of San Ramon, the southern area of Morgan Territory and the Tassajara Valley, in Northern California (Contra Costa County). The District’s service area encompasses approximately 155 square miles and serves a population of 170,000.